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Oncoplastic Breast Conserving Surgery

  • Understanding the procedure

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    Breast cancer is a disease fraught with emotion. Not only must a woman grapple with the challenge of surviving this disease, she also has to cope with the impact that breast cancer may have on her self-image and confidence, due to the physical changes to her body.

    This is why Breast Conserving Surgery (BCS), which removes the cancer and spares the rest of the breast, is the preferred option for most women over mastectomy (total removal of the breast); whenever this choice is available. Oncoplastic Breast-Conserving Surgery (OBCS), in turn, began as a novel concept to improve the cosmetic outcomes of BCS, but this procedure has since evolved into a vast repertoire of techniques that can be applied to a spectrum of breast cancer patients. These techniques not only treat the cancer, but also help to preserve a woman's self-esteem by working to preserve a part of a woman’s anatomy closely associated with her femininity and sexual identity.

    OBCS combines the principles of oncology with plastic surgery in order to achieve more desirable aesthetic results while maintaining a low cancer recurrence rate. This form of surgery not only allows adequate removal of cancer-affected breast tissue to minimise incomplete cancer clearance, but also extends OBCS as an available option to some women who would previously have only been recommended mastectomies. This happens where adequate cancer clearance cannot be achieved without removing more than 20 per cent of the breast tissue; as well as for cancers located at certain areas of the breast which are susceptible to cosmetic deformities following BCS.

  • Current research indicates that OBCS, in addition to being safe and without a higher cancer relapse rate compared to standard BCS, does in fact demonstrate superior cosmetic and patient satisfaction outcomes. Women with heavy pendulous breasts who require breast cancer treatment may also stand to benefit as their breasts may be reduced in size for a better cosmetic outcome and improved convenience in their daily lifestyles.

    Although OBCS may appear to involve extensive surgery and scarring, most patients do not require more than a night in the hospital and most of the scars are well concealed in the area around the nipple or in the breast folds.

    Gleneagles Hospital's established team of highly specialised surgeons and doctors, supported by our strong multi-disciplinary team of medical specialists, nurses and therapists, will guide you with professionalism, sensitivity and care through the entire process from surgery to recovery and back to independence. We understand how this can be a physically and emotionally challenging journey; rest assured that we will do all we can to bring about successful treatment outcomes for our patients.

  • We understand that patients value efficient and effective treatment above all else, and that is what we provide at Gleneagles. Our highly accomplished team of specialists and staff at Gleneagles Hospital will make it their priority to place your needs first in formulating a course of treatment. Let us help you move swiftly towards better health and better living today.

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